Spiritual Gifts

If someone’s gift or talent is making money, and he or she uses that money for honorable purposes, is it considered a spiritual gift? What does our faith teach us about wealth?

Jesus said it best: to whom much is given, much is expected. All gifts come from God and our abilities are given to us to be used for the benefit of ourselves and of others and at the service of the Gospel. As that hymn used to say, all that we have and all that we are is what we really give to the Lord. For a gift to have a spiritual benefit, our intention and involvement would be part of the consideration. If I give money to a charity, even to a very worthwhile one, but do so in order to gain a tax advantage, it could hardly be a virtuous thing on my behalf. But if I give because I want to help, and in fact, am even willing to get involved, I have committed myself in a deeper, more meaningful way. There’s a big difference between writing a check and sending it to an organization that feeds the hungry, and my going to the local soup kitchen and helping serve the meals I may have paid for. The most important element in a spiritual or virtuous act is not intangible; it’s me!

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